Lisa Jacobson, mother of eight and blogger at Club 31 Women, talked with us for LOVE-is-in-the-air month about LOVING your kids. Listen to the show here. She has eight children and has purposed to make sure her children feel loved by her husband and her.
Most children would probably say they know their parents love them but may not be able to say they feel loved by them. Are you communicating your love to your kids in a way that makes them feel loved?
Here are 16 ways to help your child feel loved:
- Lisa shared one simple thing we could say to our kids today. Look your child in the eyes and with a smile say, “I think you’re special and I really like the way God made you.” Will you do this today?
- Take them to eat their favorite food or make it in your home. Eat with them and listen as they talk.
- Bring one of them with you when you run errands. Laugh together, listen to loud music or turn it off and ask them a conversation-starter question.
- Have Monday Night Talks. The two of you go into their room alone on Monday nights and talk for 20 minutes. Use this time to talk about about topics such as puberty, prayer requests, or a simple study of their choice, etc.
- Leave a note in their lunch or back pack.
- Place a mint on their pillow with a note so they find it at bedtime.
- Snuggle with them and watch their favorite show.
- Play a board game (this is Tracy’s family favorite) or practice their favorite sport.
- Help them study for a test.
- Text them a bible verse that you are praying for them.
- Play High-Low. They share the high point of their day and the low point.
- Have a special activity that only the two of you do together. Read a book together or plant a tree or shrub together. My daughter and I (Tracy) played Candy Crush on my phone together whenever we had a few spare moments. We will always remember those times when we thought we had to pop the fish going across the screen so we frantically poked the screen. Later we realized they popped themselves without our help. 🙂
- Go to the park without friends and you play with the kids, slide with them, kick the ball with them, jump and be fun.
- Say to them, “You know what I love about you?” Share one specific thing you love.
- Watch home movies together.
- Have a family journal (or a journal for each child) and write special things they do in it. Read it together occasionally.
What is something you do to make your child feel loved? Please share in the comments.